How come Leica lenses are small?

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ms18 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,008
How come Leica lenses are small?

Leca 35mm f/14 / Sony 35mm f/1.4 / Sony 35mm f/1.8

I would never really buy a Leica system mainly because I can't afford it!  There can be many other reasons not to buy them but cost is the biggest reason.

While I think the one reason I love about Leica is that it's lenses are very small for the fast aperture.

I did run through previous threads where it was explained mirrorless vs DSLR . Now we can compare mirrorless to mirrorless.

I reasons i can think they are small because of few reason below or some of them

  1. They don't have autofocus / image stabilization. 
  2. They are not high quality as other current mirrorless systems thus contain few elements 
  3. Flange distant issue?

I really don't know which of of the above are true. But one thing is interesting full frame very fast lenses can be smaller.

I really can give up autofocus , image stabilization if i can get this size combo.  So i'm wondering why no one else developed such camera which is affordable and compete with mirrorless? Why no other companies tried creating affordable range finder cameras with this small size super fast lenses like Leica did?

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